Originally Posted By: Jerome Ball
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I’d appreciate any feedback on the following quotes I’ve received on replacing a leaking 4-ton evap coil with a new coil from American Standard. The HVAC quote is looking for $1400 to replace the coil (and drain pan and recharge, etc.). My web browsing indicates this might be rather high, but I’m unclear whether the ASD coil is indeed significantly better (a claim I saw somewhere).
The replacement coil would be 4 1/2 ton - I'm looking to upgrade the condenser eventually from 4 to 5 ton as we've had longstanding issues keeping the upstairs cool.
Is $1400 reasonable for this job (possibly just for a 4-ton, not 4 1/2)?
Second, they are looking for $3200 to: A) replace the coil, B) modify/add supplies and returns in 4 rooms upstairs to improve cooling even without going to a larger condenser/evaporator set, and C) eliminate several "branching boxes" used in the original ducting system in the attic because these reduce airflow/cooling efficiency. Right now, there is at least one and maybe two? stages of duct branching between the evaporator and the return to a given room.
Questions are: Is C) a valid concern? Is duct branching inherently evil? Is B) likely to help with our upstairs cooling even without going to a larger system? Finally, is $3200 reasonable for all this.
Finally, what they'd really like me to buy is $11,000 worth of state-of-the-art new 19seer 5-ton Trane, furnace, evaporator, running the new line set needed for this, and improved ducting. My pocketbook isn't quite that thick regardless of whether the price is reasonable ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif), but I'd appreciate comments on it anyway.
The house is large (6400 sq ft, four zones) and in the past I've found the company reasonably-priced on maintenance visits, use good people, and do quality work.
But am I paying too high a "nice neighborhood" premium? My kids are presently sleeping downstairs, awaiting your replies... ![icon_wink.gif](upload://ssT9V5t45yjlgXqiFRXL04eXtqw.gif)
Thanks for wading through all this.